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good morning. extreme weather causes major trouble from california to new england. massive wildfires are burning out of control in texas and california. the remnants of tropical storm lee caused tornadoes in georgia, and bring heavy rains and potential flash floods from the mid-atlantic to the already drenched northeast. and this as hurricane katia strengthens into a strong category 3 storm over the atlantic. a shake-up in the republican race. michele bachmann's campaign manager quits, admitting this has now become a two-person race between mitt romney and rick perry. we'll speak with governor perry about the battle for his party's nomination. and his efforts to put the campaign on hold to deal with the deadly wildfires in texas. and wall street heads back to work today after a long
we're going to tell you how that could impact your wallet "early" this tuesday morning, september could impact your wallet "early" this tuesday morning, september 6th, 2011. captioning funded by cbs and good morning. welcome to "the early show" here on a tuesday morning. it's september 6th. i'm chris wragge. >> it's september 6th. i'm erica hill. nice to have you with us this morning. nice to be back to the. >> good to be back. this is the unofficial end of summer. everybody's back to work, back to school. summer vacations are now a thing of the past. >> yes, long gone for a lot of folks. there's so much focus, of course, in the last couple weeks, especially this morning, on weather. we're going to start this morning in texas where a series of fierce wildfires has much of that state on edge. the worst is in bastrop, texas, near the state capital of austin. thousands of people have had to evacuate after a fast-moving fire there burned nearly 500 homes.
cbs news national correspondent dean reynolds is there on the ground. he has the very latest for us this morning. dean, good morning. >> good morning, erica. well, there's been no significant rainfall over much of texas for a year now. and in the hills behind me are the consequences of that. for bastrop, texas, hotel owner, the wildfire left her no room to maneuver. >> they just give us the final warning to leave right now. >> how does that feel? >> scary. i don't know what to do. >> reporter: it was a sentiment shared by some 5,000 people who've been forced from their homes. or what's left of them. and a wall of smoke and fire 16 miles long blackened the croplands of central texas. dotted, as they are, with parched and highly combustible pine and cedar trees. >> didn't look like it was going to get to our house, but then the wind changed direction and came through. >> reporter: the wind came from tropical storm lee. but not the rains.
no moisture at all to stem the wildfire's rapid advance. >> five minutes is all we had. five minutes. i left with my clothes on my back and that was it. >> reporter: josephina morales is among the 400 people in emergency shelters right now. >> it was scary, when you go back to the driveway, it was just like two blocks, three blocks down the road. >> reporter: scary is how many texans are describing the scene. >> we were just all scared, hoping that we have some kind of mirsy. >> reporter: around these parts there is every reason to pray. now since december, wildfires have consumed 3.6 million acres of texas. that's an area the size of the state of connecticut. and unfortunately, there is no rainfall in the forecast for the foreseeable future. erica? >> dean reynolds in bastrop, texas. dean, thanks. and to give you a sense, too, you heard so much about what dean described, you saw the pictures. well the texas forest service put out this statement saying,
quote, this is unprecedented fire behavior. no one on the face of this earth has ever fought fires in these extreme conditions. that gives you a sense of what the folks on the ground are up against. tom boggus is director of the texas forest service and joins us from bastrop. dean set the scene for us there. give us your assessment this morning. where do things stand in terms of containment? if any? >> well, there's no containment right now, erica. but the good news is, the winds have died down. the storm -- tropical storm has moved off, and we've been in defensive mode for a couple of days now. and really all you can do is get people out of the way, protect homes where you can, and make sure our firefighters are safe. but today, the winds have died down so we can probably be much more aggressive, and we hopefully can get some containment on all these fires in the austin area. >> which would be some good news for everyone. you mentioned trp cal storm lee, of course, which so many were looking to for relief and instead brought the exact opposite, winds to fuel those flames. obviously you're not going to give up here. realistically, though, what are the major challenges for your folks on the ground there, and
how much longer can they fight in these conditions? >> well, yeah, well, you know, in texas, the number one line of defense are volunteer firemen. so we're there to support them. but all the firefighters are fatigued. and that's really our concern right now is getting replacements in here, make sure our firefighters are safe and get rested so we can attack this fire head on. >> how much help do you have coming in from other parts of the country? >> we've had, since january, we've had over 12,000 individuals coming in from all across the states. the united states. and they've been a great help to us. we've got 2,000 people outside of our own resources here now, from all across the nation, in helping us. and we've got -- we were requesting other resources. but as you heard just a few minutes ago, we're not the only crisis going on. the tropical storm still causes issues. irene causes issues in the northeast, and california and arizona are having fires. we know we're not the only -- the only game in town but we're going to continue to request resources and we're going to use what we have wisely.
>> the conditions in some areas, which are not at this point burning, have been described as explosive. i also read at one point, someone said 90% of these fires, as many as 90%, may actually be caused by people. it's impossible to know the danger, but did the folks there get it, do you think? >> oh, yes, ma'am. they get it. but you've got 25 million people in texas. and you're right, in the across the south and in texas there's no exception. 90% of our wildfires are caused -- are people-caused. it's not always people causing. it could be electricity and the things we use, where we live and play. but, yeah, with 90% of them caused, we really stress prevention. because the easiest fire to put out is the one that never starts. people get it. they understand it. especially now it's heightened with the news media like y'all are giving us, people understand to be very, very careful. this past weekend with the holiday weekend, we were very concerned about that. and we had the word out, and the media did a great job and people were careful. and with the high winds people
understood how dangerous and how volatile this state is. it's historic. we've never seen fire seasons like this. we've never seen drought like this. this is an historic time that we're living in so people know and understand they've got to be extremely careful. >> sir, thanks for your time this morning. >> thank you. >> erica, thank you. this morning the remains of tropical storm lee are causing big headaches up and down the east coast. there's been apparent tornadoes in georgia, damaging more than 100 homes there, along with heavy rain stretching all the way to northern new england. that pattern will continue through today, as the center of that former tropical storm moves into the northeast. it won't be gone until tomorrow night. this morning flood watches and warnings are up from tennessee to new england. and as the wet weather moves northeast, paterson, new jersey, is back in the spotlight. president obama visited the city on sunday to see the terrible flood damage after hurricane irene. cbs news correspondent michelle miller is in paterson with the very latest there for us this morning. michelle, good morning. >> good morning, chris. residents in paterson were just beginning to dry out from hurricane irene, when the passaic river jumped its banks.
and to give you an idea, if i were standing right here last week i'd be a good 12 feet or more under water. and the remnants of lee are promising to flood this area yet again. what's left of tropical storm lee is continuing its march north, after dumping heavy rain throughout louisiana, alabama, and mississippi monday. it turned low-lying roads into canals, and caused millions of dollars in damage. >> not only did we have the heavy rain during the day on monday, that's going to continue today, and into the first part of wednesday, and that means there's going to be a very high flood threat. >> reporter: lee also spawned several suspected tornadoes across atlanta and surrounding communities. downed trees crushed cars and damaged dozens of homes. cherokee county was hardest hit with about 100 homes losing siding and roofs. in chattanooga, tennessee, thomas yates' grandchildren nearly drowned in their car. >> i had to pick both of them up, basically, in one arm, each arm, and grab them, and just
literally force the door open. >> reporter: the system spans 1,700 miles, and is expected to douse much of the northeast, which is still struggling to recover from the torrential rains of hurricane irene a week ago. >> there's the potential for two to four inches of rain. some of these areas might see over six inches today, and into wednesday, before things dry out by the end of the week. >> reporter: here in northern new jersey, flood victims spent their labor day continuing the cleanup from irene, even as more heavy rain was on the way. >> can't catch a break. a lot of our neighbors are sick, they're coughing, their children have asthma and bronchitis, and it's just been -- it's been terrible. >> reporter: and the problems here in paterson are twofold. one, it is prone to flooding during a heavy rainstorm. but, the passaic river just can't handle the overflow, or the downpour from those communities upstream. and that's what officials here were stressing to president obama when he came here on sunday. they'll be stressing it for a long time. chris? >> cbs' michelle miller in
paterson, new jersey for us. thank you. we would now like to catch you up on hurricane katia. it's a major category 3 storm this morning after briefly strengthening to a category 4 overnight. katia has maximum sustained winds of 125 miles an hour. the storm is about 400 miles south of bermuda moving northwest at ten miles an hour. it is expected to start bending to the north/northeast later this week avoiding a direct hilt on the eastern u.s. but even though the hurricane is expected to stay offshore, it will produce up to 12-foot swells, and some dangerous coastal surf and rip currents along the eastern seaboard. now here's erica. >> chris, turn now to politics. a surprising shake-up for republican presidential candidate michele bachmann. after her top two campaign officials stepped down on monday. cbs news political correspondent jan crawford is in washington. jan, good morning. ed rollins, who was heading up the campaign, said initially this was a health issue. he said later last night he doesn't have the stamina, the endurance at this point to put up with these grueling days and
that he always planned to transition out in the fall. what is the real story behind the shake-up? >> well, that is exactly what he said, and, of course, the campaign put out a statement last night saying that this was a planned restructuring. but, of course, there's a little more to it than that. what they say is exactly right. that he was complaining about getting old and getting tired. but he also would not provide bachmann, i'm told by his sources close to the campaign, with the kind of information that she was needing. and she was getting tired of that and getting frustrated with him. so the next time he said, i'm tired, i'm getting too old to be doing this, she took him up on it. that was yesterday. he's out. >> wait -- jan, did they give you any further clarification? you said they -- you were told by those sources that he wasn't giving her the information she needed. but it's his job to make sure she has everything. so what kind of information was he withholding? >> well, here's a very good example, erica. and it wasn't just that he was withholding information, but sometimes he wasn't giving her the most recent information. and if you remember, one of the biggest missteps in her very impressive campaign rollout was when she said that john wayne
was born in her hometown of waterloo. in fact, it was john wayne gacy. that was an embarrassing moment for her. rollins gave her that information right when she was getting ready to go to a campaign interview. he said he recalled it from a reagan campaign event. he had managed reagan's campaign. that obviously did not go over well. it really threw her off her message during that rollout. so that was just one example. but, listen, she is going to continue to go forward. i don't think, my sources say, this reflects an implosion of her campaign. it does not come at a good time. >> and jan, one of the things he also said was that this is really now a two-person race between romney and perry. is there, across the board, perhaps, a lack of confidence in her candidacy among other republicans? >> great question, erica. i think that also goes to show, my sources tell me, as recently as this morning, that there is a little more to it than this. than just a planned restructuring. he goes on cnn and says this is a two-person race between romney and perry. that is not something your former campaign manager should be saying. now rollins has a reputation for
talking kind of about his candidates and running his mouth. but that's a pretty startling thing to say when you're leaving a campaign. >> jan crawford in washington this morning. jan, thanks. it's pretty much a given that on labor day you are going to hear politicians talk about jobs. in detroit on monday, president obama called on republicans to put america first in his words and support his plan to create jobs. something else, though, that was said at that rally is really making republicans upset this morning. for more on that, cbs news senior white house correspondent bill plante joins us now. bill, good morning. >> good morning, erica. yeah, the gloves really came off at that labor day rally in detroit. it's almost as though the election were this november, and not 14 months away. the day's sharpest comments came, not from any of the candidates, but from one of the president's most ardent supporters. jimmy hoffa was warming up the crowd at the president's labor day rally in detroit and took aim at the tea party. >> president obama, this is your army.
we are ready to march. let's take these son of a [ bleep ] out and give america back to america, where we belong. >> reporter: the president obama who showed up at yesterday's rally looked a lot like candidate obama three years ago. all fired up, and challenging republicans to work together with him. making it clear that he's ready for a fight. >> we're not going to wait for them. we're going to see if we got some straight shooters in congress. we're going to see if congressional republicans will put country before party. >> reporter: in the early primary states, republican presidential candidates, and possible contenders, were also sharpening their attacks in advance of the president's jobs speech later this week. >> he needs to stand up and say, we're going to repeal obama care. >> in the past, he'll take out a little cup and put some gasoline in it and try and throw it on the fire to get things going. but you know what, we don't need a little gasoline here and there. we need some logs in that fire. >> when the cloud of rhetoric is passed, when the roar of the crowd fades away, what exactly
is barack obama's plan? >> reporter: well, the senate comes back to work today. the house comes back to work tomorrow, and they'll find out exactly what the president's plan is on thursday. but it's already very clear that he will try to build public pressure on congress to act. to act on jobs and the economy. erica? >> bill, thanks. bill plante at the white house this morning. and just a note in our next hour we'll be speaking with texas governor rick perry about the race. we'll ask him about his dangerous texas wildfires. he's going to take a little break from politics to deal with them. but when you're running from office, never really a break there. >> it is a big situation. terrell brown is filling in for jeff glor at the news desk. >> chris, good morning to you. we've already told but the wildfire in texas. but this morning, there are also a number of serious wildfires in southern california. the largest nearly 9,000 acres, the so-called canyon fire located south of bakersfield. the blaze was sparked by a small plane crash. to the south, 500 acres have burned close to several homes,
and northern los angeles county and a smaller fire also in l.a. county broke out yesterday causing a partial shutdown of a major interstate. in washington state a fire started by kids is threatening homes north of seattle. the kids were playing with bottle rockets. pushed by strong winds that fire is moving up the hillside some 300 acres have burned. wall street could see a volatile day today following a rough morning for overseas markets. european stocks saw some steep losses in early trading this morning. but markets in germ nid and england rebounded. overnight tokyo's nikkei tumbled more than 2%. new flu shot is available this fall. adults can now get the vaccine with a tiny needle only a 10th of an inch long. it injects the vaccine just below the skin's surface. it's supposed to hurt less than longer needles. but be just as effective. and take a look at this. a crocodile indeed. a 20-foot-long, 2,370 pound crocodile captured alive in the
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latest from libya, where hundreds of moammar gadhafi's troops fled the country overnight and the hunt for gadhafi himself is getting more intense. cbs news correspondent barry petersen is in tripoli with more for us this morning. barry, good morning. >> good morning, chris. well, it's not known if gadhafi was in this convoy of 200 to 250 vehicles. he did send many members of his family out last week to algeria. and he does have an offer of asylum from a small country called burkina faso. the convoy traveled through niger and that's on the way to this other country which has in the past supported him. rebels have been chasing him since the fall of his tripoli compound almost two weeks ago. he fled south to the desert city of bani walid. where rebels are focused today. and where rebels in the area say gadhafi has moved on. >> and where would they have gone? >> to the south. >> he has not used cell phones
and moved every day or two. a challenge. >> he's an expert on how to hide. >> reporter: to an american educator, a tripoli carpet salesman, who joined the rebels and heads the hunt for gadhafi. >> we will not kill him. we will salvage justice. he stole the money. he did all of that. i think this is a noble cause to do something i wanted to do for myself and for the country and for the whole world. >> reporter: other members of gadha gadhafi's regime are being rounded up. rebels stormed the home of a gadhafi loyalist. the man who ran libya's military college. amazingly he was still in tripoli, hiding in his compound. now, in rebel custody. many of the rebels are civilians who grabbed guns and joined the fight. and once gadhafi is caught, he will, like many, go back to normal life. >> yes. >> reporter: there are now reports of another convoy,
perhaps ten vehicles carrying gold and currency, dollars and euros, which is the european currency. one suspects enough to support a very lovely lifestyle in asylum. chris? >> cbs' barry petersen in tripoli, libya for us. thank you. >> now here at home, a lot of eyes on wall street this morning. which, of course, reopens for business after the labor day holiday. and after losses on that labor day in foreign markets. investors are still focused on jobs this morning. many folks waiting for president obama to present his latest plan to get more americans working. that happens on thursday. >> cbs news business and economics correspondent rebecca jarvis here with more on the search for jobs. >> good morning. >> let's first of all talk about our market and how we're expecting it to respond today after that jobs report being so dismal on friday. >> yeah. and you see this already reflected in the world market. in europe, in asia, things yesterday were pretty brutal. and our reports here in the united states certainly spooked things overseas. but this is bigger than just the united states.
we are looking at fears of a global slowdown. and it's partly a job situation that's here in the united states. but also overseas in europe. it is a bank situation. remember, our crisis how we got to this point originated in part at the bank because of bad debt that was on their books and they couldn't deal with it. well, european banks, according to a numberen analysts, are now facing the same thing. >> right. which has a lot of people scared. so so many people waiting to hear what president obama will say on thursday night. is there anything, though, in that speech that could actually trigger some sort of a turnaround? >> this is the concern. because, a lot of the things that are on the table, that are passable, many economists and analysts look at at not being enough to really get things over the borderline, as far as the jobs creation goes. in addition to that, even if president obama could pass the most far-reaching plans as far as job creation goes, first of all you have the issue of adding to deficits. second of all you have the issue that job creation doesn't just happen overnight. it happens over time. so that immediate boost isn't
there. >> could we just talk about, again, what you were saying about here. why has it spooked investors in this country so much, this situation over there? >> well, right now we're in a very globalized economy. and that's really at the heart of all of this. when europe slows down, the rest of the world slows down, and we see it in the united states. when the united states slows down, the rest of the world has slowed down. the banks that are facing these bad debts in europe, now people are saying these could be like the lehman brothers of the united states. we could see something like that unfold in europe and that would be very bad at a time where we're still in this very fragile recovery. >> all right, rebecca, thanks. time now for a che good morning. monochromatic and on the cool side. temps in the mid-60s. there's a different feel to the air. i don't think it's a -- it's a cool morning. showers through tomorrow night. no great clearing until
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this morning we begin a series of reports on how we've changed in the ten years since 9/11. with a look at patriotism in the u.s. new york senator charles schumer is urging people to display the american flag this weekend, to send a message that, in his words, we will always continue the fight against terrorism until it is totally vanquished. the attack on america sparked a new wave of patriotism ten years ago. even inspired some americans to stich a new path in their lives. >> i made sure i read the label of the flag i bought. it was made in america. >> reporter: two weeks ago, nick and kathy replaced their worn american flag with a crisp, new one. the third flag that's flown from their front porch in allentown,
pennsylvania, since the terror attacks of september 11th. >> probably 9/11 had a bigger impact on me than any other event in my lifetime. >> reporter: the couple live on a quiet street that still boasts several flags and banners, though they say not nearly as many as there once were. >> i would say that patriotism before 9/11 was probably at a seven. after 9/11, it was ten plus ten. >> reporter: nick pretty much had that right, immediately following the attacks the american flag seemed to grow from the ashes, popping up nearly everywhere. and, of course, flying the flag is only one way to show one's patriotism. some joined the military. often derailing careers to answer the call of country. pat tillman famously put his football career on hold to join the army, and tragically lost his life in afghanistan. others lined up to donate blood. the red cross said more than a
quarter million people decided to donate blood for the first time. ♪ america america >> reporter: and then, there's daniel rodriguez. ♪ god shed his grace on thee >> reporter: the singing cop, rodriguez was on duty that tuesday in september, 2001. >> things i remember are the sounds of the radio, officers calling for help. and we just did what we had to do. i was a new york city police officer at that moment. >> reporter: and after the carnage, rodriguez, a longtime tenor, was asked to sing at funerals in tribute. ♪ >> when i sang, that's when my healing began. that's when i began to heal, and really feel like i was playing
my role in this tragedy. >> reporter: rodriguez discovered that he could do more good as a singer than he could as a cop. so he left the force, and embarked on his mission to lift spirits with his voice. ♪ god bless america >> i want to be an ambassador to show that positive things rose out of the ashes, and that we thrive, we survive, and we are spiritually still alive. ♪ our home sweet home ♪ >> still hard to believe it's been ten years. >> i know, it really is. >> the wounds are still so fresh. daniel's voice, though, talk about a driving force in the
recovery phase. such inspiration to so many people and kind of a comforting voice and soul. >> and a comfort in so many ways. and still is. >> and tomorrow, how we've changed, two events in american history that have had a profound impact on the way we see our world. one was 9/11, the other, of course, was the bombing of pearl harbor. we'll talk with two men who survived each, and we'll hear their stories. >> interesting to see the similarities and the impact. we'll be right back. you're watching "the early show" on cbs. vo: a breakfast worth waking up for. enjoy the sausage, egg and cheese croissan'wich today. only at burger king.
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xm's radio's "mad dog unleashed." dog, good to have you with us. >> nice to be here. >> the big question for a lot of colts fans, football fans, how serious an injury is this? the neck -- >> and two surgeries. darrell johnson you could buoy fullback had to retire because of this whole scenario. happened practice, no preseason. he's a workaholic. it's got to be driving him crazy. you've got to figure it's fairly serious. the fact that they're telling you now that he's going to be doubtful for the first part of the year, this could be more than one game, i think it's a concern. >> it's a major concern, of course, for the colts because in many ways peyton is this team. >> offensively, big issue. collins, his experienced backup, will play the first couple games. the colts have a very hard schedule beginning of the year. they play the steelers, they have to play at houston, they play at tampa on a monday night. if he misses those first four games it's an issue. and their bye week is not until november so they can't use the bye week to get him better. >> he just signed a $90 million contract this off-season.
he's 35 years old. he's got this neck injury. from a longevity standpoint, i mean, is he going to get all that money? >> i think the one thing is, they would not have signed him to that contract unless they feel that he's going to be able to play for a good part of the contract. because i'm sure they gave him plenty of physicals and gave him all that money. so they must feel confident this is a temporary scenario for him. i would think that eventually he's going to go play. the streak is not a big deal. no sports in america compares about that -- really cares about that streak. he's not lou gehrig. so the streak is not that big a deal. >> what about there's a lot of folks, of course, because the super bowl will be in indianapolis, maybe the colts wouldn't have made it, like you said, starting out, but how much of an impact with would that have? >> well, they're not going to make it without him. if they don't have manning they cannot get to that spot. they actually, in dallas when the cowboys had that pressure to be the first team to host a super bowl in the city, romo gets hurt, they collapsed.
seems to be a negative when you have a super bowl in your town, it's going to be in new york here in a couple of years. >> don't say that in front of chris wragge, our giants fan. >> it's too early in september to think about how the super bowl favorites are. you've got to play a long season. if this is december and he wasn't playing then you say oh, they got no chance to host this game. things could happen. it's a long year. >> they've got him listed as doubtful, which does not mean he's out. >> 25%. >> but the chances of him playing, how much work does he need? he's definitely going to miss week one. how much work does he need before he can play? >> not as much as most other quarterbacks need because he's old. he's 35 years of age. so i would suspect that he'll be in a situation where he would be able to have four or five practices, he'll be rusty, but he can lay. >> okay. russo, thanks. >> thank you, chris. >> good to have you here. >> still ahead, stay with us, governor rick perry is our guest. at bayer, we're re-inventing aspirin for pain relief.
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another day. sharon is watching the commute. marty is over at first warning weather. >> let's take a look at farn farchlt showers continue. we'll have a couple inches of rain between now and tomorrow night. it won't be raining all the time. every once in awhile some heavy band also move. because of that the watch, warning and advisory graphic shows it has been extended through tomorrow with a forecast of 71. our normal is 82. in the mid-60s now. let's send it over to sharon gibala, wjz tv traffic control.
this morning the rain is not helping things. lots of problems on the road. that is a big traffic jam approaching 175 that's blocking three right lanes to 895. we also have an accident northbound at caton avenue. watch for a rec on 295 between 100 and 32. another crash blocking northbound route three at ridell road. there's another look south of 100. there is a live look at caton avenue. everything is running smoother. this traffic report is brought to you by home paramount. call 888-888-home. we have two school advisories, one urban, one suburban, lockerbie bundy and
wynnefield. the bundy staff is being asked to report at 1:30. the inaugural grand prix wrapped up two days ago but crews are still working hard to clear out downtown. >> reporter: good morning. city crews worked all night to remove barriers. now every street is back open. city crews have been racing around the clock to get the streets open. much of the work is being done late at night to avoid spharling traffic during the day. race organizers estimate about 150,000 to 160,000 people attended this weekend's event. don? up next, how patriotism in up next, how patriotism in this country has changed
top of the hour as we welcome you back to "the early show." i'm erica hill along with chris wragge this morning. just ahead we're going to get the very latest on those wildfires in texas. hundreds of homes burn in the latest outbreak there. governor rick perry saw that fire damage firsthand and he called it surreal, and as mean-looking as he's ever seen. governor perry is going to give us an update on those fires this morning. we'll also talk about his bid for the republican presidential nomination. he and mitt romney trading some heated remarks on monday before perry went home to deal with the fires. so we'll catch up on all of that. >> also, a close-up look at the
biggest creature on earth. lots of them. this pod of blue whales has been hanging around the southern california coast for days and the tourist boats have been almost nonstop. we're going to talk with some of those tourists. they know just how amazing this is. we're going to find out why these gentle giants are coming a little closer to shore than ever before. it is amazing. but it's also dangerous. >> yeah. >> we'll talk to some of the tourists about that. first, stormy weather that's left tropical storm -- excuse me what's left of tropical storm lee is threatening people up and down the east coast this morning. tornadoes were spotted around atlanta monday damaging dozens of homes there and parts of the northeast that are still drying out after hurricane irene are bracing for some new flooding. cbs news correspondent michelle miller is in hard-hit paterson, new jersey, with more for us this morning. good morning, again. >> reporter: cleaning up is why residents fear the next deluge, after tropical storm irene overflowed these -- the river bank overflooded. and doused their homes with the floodwaters.
this front -- what remains of tropical storm lee is -- is already moved across the south. it is a -- it's a slow mover, i should say. and it's caused heavy rain, it's caused flooding. and several deaths. in mississippi, one man drowned trying to cross a swollen creek. there were scattered evacuations and thousands remained without power by late monday night. suspected tornadoes ripped across atlanta and surrounding suburbs. damaging dozens of homes. at least two men drowned. one while swimming, a second trying to cross a flooded creek. about 100 homes were damaged by twisters that hit cherokee county, about 30 miles sort of atlanta. lee hit new orleans sunday, dumping a foot of rain on the big easy. there were some street flooding, but officials said the city's flood control system was working well.fficials said the city's here in northern new jersey, victims of hurricane irene spent the holiday weekend cleaning up
flooded homes and listening to weather reports that more heavy rain is on the way. and this system spans 1,700 miles. the sheer size of this system, which causes it to move so slowly. and it will be dousing heavy rains across the northeast over the next several days. chris? >> cbs' michelle miller in paterson, new jersey, for us this morning. want to check in now with terrell brown at the news desk this morning, in for jeff glor. got a check of the day's other headlines. terrell, good morning. >> good morning, everyone. hurricane katia remains a major category 3 storm this morning. katia's sustained winds are 125 miles per hour. it's forecast to veer away from the u.s. coast. high swells, though, are expected along the eastern seaboard. on thursday, president obama unveils his latest plan to create jobs in a speech before congress. the president was in detroit yesterday offering a preview to a crowd of union workers. mr. obama called for spending on public works, and deals to open new markets.
he also challenged congressional republicans to get down to business. >> you say they're the party of tax cuts? well then prove you'll fight just as hard for tax cuts for middle-class families as you do for oil companies and the most affluent americans. show us what you got. >> some potential republican presidential candidates have strong words in reaction to the president's jobs program. >> i just don't think he has a clue. i -- having never worked in the private sector, never having had a real job, it's not a surprise he doesn't know how to create a real job. >> when the cloud of rhetoric is passed, when the roar of the crowd fades away, what exactly is barack obama's plan? >> sarah palin is calling on conservatives to unite against president obama. the economic crisis triggered a general strike in italy this morning. italy's largest union, including workers who operate state-run transportation say they'll walk off the job for eight hours. they're protesting an austerity plan being debated by the
government. amanda knox was back in italy this morning. she's fighting to get her conviction of killing her roommate overturned. today a forensics expert who conducted the original investigation defended accusations her methods were flawed. a courtroom observer called it an embarrassing morning for the defense. a verdict is expected by the end of the month. and turns out living single is more popular than ever. the 2010 census status found 27% of households nationwide live alone. that's an all-time high. the biggest growth can be found in the west and south. manhattan still the singles capital. but the high rate has forced many people to double up. just under 47% live alone now down almost 2% from ten years ago. good morning. we have showers in the region right now. i think we could say this will basically be the look of the area maybe through late wednesday night into early thursday morning. look at the area and look at first warning doppler radar.
shower activity continues to stream through the area. flood watches have been extended. 64 now. we'll go for a high temperature right >> this weather report sponsored by at&t. rethink possible. we are keeping a close eye on the fast-moving wildfire in central texas that has now destroyed nearly 500 homes in just the past two days. this morning, about 5,000 evacuees are still unable to go home. cbs news national correspondent dean reynolds joins us from bastrop, texas. just east of the state capital of austin. dean, good morning. >> good morning, erica. well, as you look behind me, those are smoke clouds from the fire that has consumed about 25,000 acres near bastrop. it's along a 16-mile line of
flames that were really burning out of control all day yesterday, as winds from tropical storm lee just funneled right through this area, and made conditions really, really difficult for the 250 to 300 firefighters who were battling this blaze. now, the good news is that the weather conditions are far improved today. the wind has died down considerably. the temperatures have dropped. and the firemen believe that they will have this thing under control, possibly later today. erica? >> all right. and we would hope for some of that good news. cbs' dean reynolds from bastrop, texas, this morning, thanks. texas governor rick perry is taking a break from his presidential campaign to deal with the crisis at home. he joins us now from austin. good morning to you. >> good morning. >> at what point did you decide you needed to break from the campaign trail and return home to texas? >> well, we've been following this daily, as we would if we
were sitting right here. but yesterday morning it became apparent that we needed to come home, and be with the people, not only our emergency management folks, but particularly the men and women who've lost all of their possessions. there's over 1,000 homes now that have been lost by these fires. and we're up over 50 different fires in the state of texas. not counting the ones that the local fire departments have been able to handle without any state or federal assistance. so, it's still a very critical and a very fluid situation. obviously we got a break in the weather this morning with temperatures down in the 60s. and the wind has died. so hopefully that will hold throughout the day and we can start to get some containment on these massive fires. >> is there -- clearly help is needed. there's been a request for help from fema. you have said recently when there was all this talk about fema, that it needs to be effective and that the help is obviously needed in a number of cases.
does there need to be a change, though, in the way it's funded? do you have a concern over the funding, especially given the help that the folks in your home state need? >> well, the issue is taking care of these people right now. we can work our way through any conversation about how to make agencies more efficient, how to make department of defense equipment, for instance, more available. there are a lot of issues we can talk about. the fact of the matter is now is not the time to be trying to work out the details of how to make these agencies more efficient. let's get people out of harm's way. and that's exactly what we're doing. neighbors helping neighbors out here. texans are historically very adept at dealing with these major disasters like hurricanes or tornadoes or floods. this is just another one in a long line of natural disasters that we had to deal with in the state of texas. >> natural disasters really hitting across the country. so several funds are stretched very thin. fema, of course, warned that it
has less than $800 million left. what if, though, there isn't enough money as you go forward? because these fires do not seem to be letting up, sir. >> well, we'll deal with the dollar side of it when that's appropriate. right now, i want to go back to getting people out of harm's way. making sure that folks don't go outside, being engaged in any activity that could cause another fire to start. so, the money side of this will take care of itself later. right now it's all about saving people's lives. and in a lot of cases trying to save their possessions and their homes. >> governor, if you could, if we could, rather, if we could just talk about the campaign trail for just a second, this is the latest news, last night michele bachmann's campaign manager ed rollins stepped down. i want to ask you if you agree with his comments that he said your candidacy, your entrance into the race has made this a two-horse race between yourself and mitt romney. do you agree with those comments? >> well, i'll be real honest with you, this is not the time to be talking about politics. there's another 14 months ahead to talk politics.
right now i'm substantially more focused on making sure that these people in bastrop and steiner ranch, folks all across this state are being taken care of, getting out of harm's way, saving lives is what the big issue for me right now. >> all right. well let me ask you this, you've got the debate on wednesday night. i know obviously the situation is dire in your home state. can we expect you to still attend that debate wednesday night? >> i don't know. that's a fluid situation at the moment. so, again, i go back to we're going to be taking care of the folks here. i got a great team of people to work with. that's one of the things i've been blessed with for ten years, whether it's emergency management folks or whether it's a lieutenant governor that is very adept at being a partner and working to the. so, we're really focused on the events at hand. and the other side of that is, we're pretty good about multitasking, as well. whether it was hurricane ike, or katrina, as we brought a lot of people in from louisiana back over the years. we can do more than one thing pretty well in the state of texas. >> you can do more than one
thing very well. obviously you're focused on your state at this point. and texas does need you. but if you can do more than one thing, how focused are you on the campaign and keeping in touch with those folks which also is -- is going to be pulling some of your attention over these next few days? >> as i said earlier, we're pretty good about multitasking. so, i'm not too worried about being able to stay in touch with folks from the campaign standpoint and being able to manage what we've got here in texas, as well. >> so you're 50/50 right now for tomorrow night? >> i wouldn't even put a number on it. i'm focused on the event at hand. but again, i go back to great team of people here that we're working with, and, you know, we got a little break in the weather, which is very helpful. and these firefighters who have just been magnificent. all across the country they're coming in. as a matter of fact, we're expecting a major piece of equipment to come in today, aviation-type equipment to help us on these fires as well. >> a lot of brave men and women down there. governor, thank you very much.
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quite a show this week off the coast of southern california. >> free willy. >> and friends. >> dozens of gigantic blue whales are treating tourists and locals alike to a one of a kind experience. cbs news contributor hattie kauffman has this report. >> it is earth's largest creature. stretching the length of a basketball court, and weighing as much as eight airplanes. still, spotting a blue whale in the ocean is rare. >> oh, there it is! >> but for the past few weeks, a pod of blue whales has been moving closer to the shore just south of los angeles. >> there it goes!
>> one to two miles, and you get within a few hundred yards of the mouth of the harbor. the point where we get badle borders and kayakers getting alongside of them, which is pretty unique. >> since word got out tour boats have been packed. >> one came up right near the boat. and one underneath went up and i was like aaah! >> whale watcher tim whom mand has been out here three times. >> we had four whales at one time. it was just amazing. >> he said each sighting offers a new surprise. >> one went right under the boat and scared all of us. but we just had a great time today. >> it's a scene that couldn't have happened just a few years ago. blue whales were hunted almost to extinction. they're still considered endangered, with only 8,000 to 9,000 in all the oceans of the world. in the exact same spot, at the exact same time last year, nearly 200 whales surfaced along the coastline, in search of their favorite food, tiny shrimp
called krill. experts believe colder water temperatures are creating a perfect harbor for krill, and as a result, for these gentle giants. >> it was incredibly amazing. i never thought i'd see a whale in my lifetime. honestly, it was just breathtaking. >> hattie kauffman, cbs news, los angeles. >> and have you ever seen whales? >> no. >> neither have i. everyone you hearsays what that woman just said, that it's just incredible experience. >> yeah. >> and you have to see it in person to fully appreciate it. >> it is neat how everybody just rushes on the paddle boards to get that close. on the boat, i can understand. but on the paddle board right next to them. >> not so much. >> when you hear that they weigh as much as seven airplanes. >> give them a little bit of space. >> they are beautiful, though. i've never been on a boat whale watching but i have from the coast seen them in mexico. they have a spot down in los cabos down there. >> beautiful. >> beautiful creatures. >> still to come this morning one of the most respected organizations in america, the
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help us lower the risk for developing the disease. there are also some triggers, too. there are certain risk factors certain people will have. >> dr. ashton will be here with a list of tips. early diagnosis so you can see if it's something you have to be on the lookout for as we get older. always something. >> it is. stay with us for that. you're watching "the early show" on cbs. and up next, your local news. ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
it is overcast, raining in someplace. some people are still waking up in the inner harbor. let's take a look at first warning doppler radar. we'll have showers in the region through late thursday night into thursday morning. it's just the remnant of tropical storm lee. take a look at the watch, warning and advisory graphic. we've extended it out through tomorrow night. we're looking at a couple inches of rain between now and then. the bulk of that will come in heavy downpours. having said that keep an umbrella at arm's reach. let's send it over one more time
to sharon gibala, wjz tv traffic control. we have an accidents in upper cove. watch for one at arcadia. on 795 still looking at delays, nine minutes from owings mills and delays from northern park way to cold spring lane. a nine-minute drive from whitemarsh boulevard to 895, big delays on the beltway. there's a live look at 95 at whitemarsh there. is a live look at the green spring avenue. call the cochran frm at 1-800-thefirm. we have two school advisories, lock ber but i bundy and winfield in baltimore county are both closed due to the fact they have no electricity. bundy is being asked to report
to school 150. both schools without power today. downtown is starting to get back to normal as city crews continue to take away the race barriers from the grand prix. monique griego stays on the story. city crews worked all night to remove the barriers. now nearly every street that was closed is back open. crews have been racing around the clock to get the job done. the grandstand is coming down along with the tents, fences and concrete barriers. around 150,000 to 160,000 people attended this weekend's event. a local children's party balloon entertainer as reportedly pleaded dpil ti to traveling to florida to have sex with a 14-year-old.
beautiful blue sky. we're not sure how long it will last. welcome back to "the early show," i'm erica hill along with chris wragge. just ahead we take a look at 50 years of the peace corps. hundreds of thousands of american volunteers have served in countries around the globe. you're going to meet one volunteer from the very first group, 50 years ago, that went to ghana. he was one of 51 people on that trip. the lasting friendships he made, just incredible, and a real testament to that mission that they were on. we'll check in with him and learn a little bit more about the organization this morning. >> also coming up, emmy award winning actress blythe danner. we know her from tv shows like
"huff" and movies like "meet the parents." she's also gwyneth paltrow's mother. now she has a new mission to raise awareness about osteoporosis. we're going to hear about that and look at some of the risk factors for osteoporosis. >> pretty much everyone is at risk. doesn't matter. it's not just women here. first this morning, businesses in louisiana had to adapt to disaster. many times over the last few years, as you know, from hurricane katrina to the bp oil spill. well this morning, it is tropical storm lee causing a new crisis for that state's oyster industry. cbs' bigad shaban has the story. >> reporter: they are cleaned, shucked, and wrapped. here in louisiana at one of the largest oyster processing plants in the state, charlene foxall has been doing it for six years. the one concern, there soon may not be enough oysters to keep her employed. >> if there's no work, how am i supposed to feed my family? >> reporter: this is their last batch. they're suspected to run out
later today. that scares you? >> yeah, it scares me. it scares me very much. but, you know, i'm the only provider for my kids. >> reporter: the lack of oysters all has to do with the floodwaters left behind by lee. fearing sewage contamination from flooded septic tanks, louisiana last friday closed all 28 of the state's oyster harvest areas. stretching 400,000 acres. mike voisin runs the processing plant, motivateate seafoods. >> now, after about noon tomorrow it will be real quiet back here. >> reporter: he plans to shut down much of the facility until the oyster beds reopen. he says most of the state's 43 other processing plants are likely to do the same. telling workers to stay home indefinitely. what percentage of employees will be gone here? >> 80% to 90%.
>> reporter: charlene foxall worries she's part of that number, and won't be able to afford her rent. >> this month i can pay. but next month, what am i to do next month? i don't know. i guess time will tell. >> reporter: even though the louisiana department of health told us they haven't found any signs of contamination, getting boats back on the water and oysters back on the belts could take days. while the floodwaters slowly recede, the remnants of tropical storm lee are still felt onshore. at the oyster plant, at least nearly seven jobs dried up. bigad shaban, cbs news, houma, louisiana. >> and now here's terrell brown at the news desk with one more check of the headlines for us n this morning. >> good morning to you. good to see you. good morning, everyone. from flooding to fires now winds have died down in texas 'tis morning. good news for firefighters battling more than 60 wildfires throughout the state. the largest and most destructive is east of austin. one official called it a monster
storm. some 500 homes there have been destroyed. thousands of res dengts have been forced to evacuate. many spent the night at emergency shelters. there are also serious wildfires in southern california. the largest nearly 9,000 acres, the canyon fire located south of bakersfield. in tehachapi the blaze was sparked by a plane crash. and a smaller fire also in l.a. county broke out yesterday. it caused a partial shut down of a major interstate. in washington state a fire started by kids is threatening homes north of seattle. the kids were playing about bottle rockets, pushed by strong winds the fire now moving up a hillside some 300 acres have burned. and this morning, a hound from boulder, colorado, holds the new record. do your ears hang low? for the longest ears on a living dog. his name is harvard and he gets the guinness world title. his left ear just over 12 inches
long. his right here, 13.5 inches long. experts say the long ears help hounds sweep scents good morning. it's gray. we've been telling you it's going to rain, probably a couple inches between now and tomorrow night. i think the heaviest rains will give us our quickest rainfall amount. every once in awhile we get downpours. we keep a flood watch in effect. the forecast calls for ally in the low 70s and osteoporosis is the most common type of bone disease. it weakens the bones as you get older making them more likely to break. >> a few months ago actress blythe danner, mother of oscar winner gwyneth paltrow, became an osteoporosis patient. she sat down with dr. jennifer
ashton about her condition. >> i care about why you keep pushing me away! >> my sweet little girl. >> she's hollywood royalty. >> so beautiful.le girl. >> for actress, activist, mother, and grandmother, blityt dann danner, slowing down is not an option. not even after her diagnosis of post menopausal osteoporosis earlier this year. >> i feel really good about that. i feel good about getting the word out. it is a silent disease. a lot of women don't know they have it until it's too late. >> a bone fracture can be a life-changing event. >> when i heard the statistics, you know, that one in two women over the age of 50 will have a fracture related to osteoporosis i really sat up and took notice and said this is horrific. that's more than 9 million women. >> go back to 2009 when you broke your foot. when you take someone who is, as you are, so active, and all of a
sudden you have an injury, what was that like for you? >> terrifying. because i've been really proud of my independence. >> nearly ten years ago, danner's husband of 33 years, director bruce paltrow, lost his battle with oral cancer. >> my husband was really the heart, the strength of our family. and he was extraordinary. but i really had just learned to do it all on my own. and i thought, how am i going to do this? hobbling around now. and so i really was frightened. >> looking back, she says she wishes her husband had been more invested in making his health a priority. after her diagnosis, danner decided nothing was more important than taking care of herself. and so your doctor calls you, and tells you that you have osteoporosis, and what is your reaction? >> we've got to get on a plan. i said, absolutely. so as i said, i'm so grateful for it, actually, because it has made me consistently do
something to -- to do everything i can to make the bones stronger. >> does not being able to be as active in the future concern you? >> it does. that's why i'm doing everything i can. >> still, danner says her most treasured roles in life have been as a wife to bruce, mother to gwyneth and jake, and grandmother to apple and moses. now your grand kids have a cute name for you. >> they do, they call me lalo. >> how did that come about? >> that's what apple came up with. >> danner is getting used to a new reality. >> apple was doing cartwheels last week and i remember wanting to do a cartwheel and i stopped myself and thought, hmm, maybe i won't be able to do this. when i'm in my private little room i'll go try some cartwheels. they run me ragged, but it's such a rappy raggedness. >> still her future looks bright. >> i'm feeling really good about it, you know. i've got to check in with my doctor. as i say, i get out there and do the things i'm supposed to do.
and i get the message out. >> and dr. jen ashton is with us here this morning. doc, good to see you. >> good morning. >> so she was diagnosed with post menopausal osteoporosis. but this is not just a disease that strikes women. >> exactly. that's a big myth. people think osteoporosis, they think women. men need to be concerned with it, also. over the age of 50, one in four men will have an osteoporosis fracture. they will break a bone due to osteoporosis. and over the age of 50 they're more likely to break a bone due to osteoporosis than they are to get prostate cancer. men need to be concerned about it. the other group, teenagers who have irregular periods, girls who have irregular periods, who exercise excessively, have low estrogen levels. they're calling it the pediatric disease with geriatric consequences. so we all need to be aware of this. >> in terms of that there are also certain risk factors that can increase your likelihood. you mentioned teens, kids who are athletes. >> and really the list is so long you can go on to the
osteoporosis foundation website and see if you have any of these risk factors. but they include a multitude of factors. anything from a hormonal imbalance or a factor, again, affecting both men and women. low body weight, and again we're talking about people who have thin, small frames, including those who have anorexia or eating disorders. smokers, a factor you can control. people who have been on chronic steroids for things like asthma or other medications. and obviously like any other disease, if you have a family history you need to be concerned about this. some of these factors are under our control to modify. others are not. >> things that you can do just from a normal day-to-day living healthy way? >> that's the good news. there are things can you do to start now. get enough calcium, get enough vitamin "d," weight bearing exercise and minimize those risk factors. >> drink that milk. >> absolutely. >> and get a little sun. >> a little bit. >> jen, thanks. >> this years marks the 50th anniversary of the peace corps. one of the most celebrated volunteer programs.
it began, of course, at a time of major social change. today, it's still giving people a chance to explore other countries, to learn new cultures, and to share a bit of this american culture around the world. >> how many of you who are going to be doctors are willing to spend your days in ghana? >> that call to action on the university of michigan campus led to the formation of the peace corps in 1961. >> i have today signed an executive order providing for the establishment of a peace corps. >> enlisting volunteers to serve as ambassadors of peace in foreign countries was one of president kennedy's first orders of business upon taking office. >> this call will be a pool of trained men and women, sent overseas to help foreign countries meet their urgent need for skilled manpower. >> less than six months later a group of 51 americans arrived in ghana for the inaugural mission. >> that's me. >> newell flather, just 23 years old at the time, was one of them. >> when i got the word that i was going to go to ghana, that
was something i very, very much wanted to do. having outsiders in your midst is always enrichening. >> for the last half century, peace corps volunteers have maintained a steady presence in ghana, helping to lay the foundation for this flourishing african nation. the recent discovery of oil in ghana has made it one of the fastest growing economies in the world. that natural resource is expected to generate a billion dollars a year. >> it's going to transform the face of ghana and its economy. >> but with these transformations, and global advances in technology, some now question the need for a peace corps. >> there's no substitute for that direct, person-to-person connection. and despite the fact we now live in a modern world, connected by the internet. the person-to-person touch makes a difference. >> while the organization has been re-examining its goals, in its 50th year, it had to face
even more serious challenges. >> on december 27th, 1991, i was forced to learn by experience about the dangers of sexual assault. >> in may a group of former peace corps volunteers testified before congress about the very real danger of sexual assault while working on foreign soil. >> help us build a better, stronger, safer peace corps so that our daughters can help the peace corps build a better world. >> director aaron williams, who attended the hearings, said steps are being taken to remedy the problem. >> we look forward to working with all members of congress who are interested in making sure that the peace corps remains a safe place for volunteers to develop leadership skills around the world. >> since its founding, more than 200,000 peace corps volunteers have worked in 139 countries around the globe. american men and women, there to teach, to farm, to mentor. but, for most, it is the
lifelong friendships formed along the way that prove the most meaningful. >> i think that is more than anything, you can see in the change in the physical landscape is making a friendship, and seeing that grow. >> a sentiment that rings true with newell flather, who met one of his best friends, anani jajengo, 50 years ago in ghana. >> i had a relationship with an extraordinary human being. and it made me feel at home. he's everything that could be defined as a friend. >> despite its challenges, the peace corps is confident it will continue to inspire generations of volunteers, continuing its legacy for years to come. >> there can be no greater service to our country. and no source of pride more real than to be a member of the peace corps of the united states. >> newell talked about those bonds that you form with the people that you meet there. but also within his group, that
original group of 51 volunteers, they are still very tight. they have regular reunions, and they really keep in pretty close contact. >> you talk about a great experience, though, for people. to be able to get outside your comfort zone, go to different cultures, meet different people, to help like that. >> it continues. one of my closest friends from growing up her mother is samoan. her parents met when her dad was in the peace corps in samoa. for us in a small town in connecticut, what an education we got from lu every day as she taught us about samoa and so many other places. >> nice to see that friendship has continued through so many years. >> just ahead this morning, we will have more on what is ahead for you this fall. boxing robots. how about a little humpty-dumpty. >> those are a few of 9 things coming up in the big fall movie preview coming up right after this. this [ female announcer ] today is the day... ♪ ...you make a change with hellmann's.
now that the summer blockbuster season is owe fishly over, movie fans expect to see films that are a little more serious. less explosions apparently, less spaceships. this fall there will be something for everyone. >> we asked jess castle, editor of "entertainment weekly" which fall movies will be the biggest and the best? ♪ >> i'm really excited, not only got the usual oscar contenders, some of which are very, very strong but you've also got a lot of crowd pleasers, too, and lots and lots of big stars. the fall movie season really kicks off on friday with "contagion." this one has gwyneth paltrow and jude law and matt damon and kate winslet. do not get too attached to any of these people, because there is a killer virus going around. >> who are you? >> i'm peter. >> first job in baseball?
>> the best seller about billy dean and the oakland a's. i absolutely loved it. brad pitt plays billy dean. lots of oscar buzz for brad pitt. and this movie. easily one of the best movies of the year. >> either we're going to lead the world or we are going to bury our heads in the sand. >> george clooney directed "the ids of march." he also stars as a governor going through the presidential nomination. it is a movie about corruption, politics. lots of oscar buzz for this one. and oscar buzz for ryan gosling. if there's one movie that's considered a shoo-in for the oscars, even though no one has actually seen it, it is j. edgar. leonardo dicaprio plays the evil, fascinating head of the fbi, j. edgar hoover and it's directed by clint eastwood. real steal is about boxing robots. i had the same reaction. a movie about boxing robots. i don't care. it was a fantastic movie. it's set in the near future. hugh jackman plays a guy who
boxes these remote control robots. but it's also a movie about a father and a son. it is a really special movie. it is a huge crowd pleaser. >> how old are you? >> 28. >> i'm 105. >> in time is a sci-fi thriller set a little bit in the future, when human beings only age to the age of 25. now that's the good news. the bad news is, you might get exterminated. so justin timberlake plays this guy who is accused of a crime and he goes on the run. and olivia wild who is three years younger than justin timberlake plays his mom. >> you have cancer? >> i found it yesterday. >> it's been a great year for adult comedies. 50/50 has great great buzz. this young guy is diagnosed with cancer and seth rogen is his buddy who sort of helps him through it. >> you really think that a girl is going to go for me just because i have cancer? >> yes! >> this is a difficult movie to market. but the trailer is getting fantastic response. buzz is great. and there's actually even a little oscar talk about this
one. sarah jessica parker is known for, of course, the glamour of sex and the city and all of that but in i don't know how she does it, she plays a very different kind of role. she plays this very overworked financial executive. now, the studio is hoping that this could be another "devil wears prada." >> there's no time to waste. >> i will do it. >> my favorite character from shrek is finally getting his own show. of course antonio banderas is back as pus in boots. i'm excited that zack galous is in this one playing humpty-dumpty. the last book in the twilight series is "breaking dawn." this fall we have part one. this book is the most interesting book in the twilight series. i have high hopes for the movie. >> this is our time. >> everybody laughed when they said they were going to remake footloose. there were a lot of problems, also, in the beginning of the movie.
and now buzz on the movie is actually getting a lot better. a lot of my colleagues at "entertainment weekly" have seen it. they really like it. a lot of the songs that you love from the original movie are in and they're being covered by different artists. i'm very excited about this one. >> new footloose? >> and new dirty dancing. can you remake those classics? >> there's only one way to find out. have to go to the movies and see it. >> that's a lot of movies this fall. >> there are actually a lot that i would like to see, too. pulled me in a little bit more than the summer blockbusters. >> the ides of march, corruption in politics. where do they come up with these ideas? >> we'll see you right back here tomorrow. ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
well. there's some clouds. >> i don't want to say shockingly cool. we've v-had -- we've had mornings where it's been pleasant. gray, damp and on the cool side. take a look at the watch, warning and advisory graphic. we have a flood watch extended for tomorrow night. the high of 71. the normal is 82. tomorrow a high of 80.
we don't see a good clearout until late thursday, free day morning. don, take it away. two school advisories to tell you about. lockerman bundy in the city and winfield in baltimore county are closed because of power failure. lockerman bundy's staff reports at 1:50. they're both closed. the grand prix wrapped up two days craig but the crews are working to clean things up. monique griego has the story. >> reporter: city crews worked all night to remove the barriers. though city crews have been racing around the clock since this weekend to get job done, in all 16 grandstands are coming down along with tents, fences and concrete barriers. much of the work is done to re
move snarling traffic. 150,000 to 160,000 people attended. a local children's party balloon entertainer has pleaded guilty to traveling to florida to have sex with a 14-year-old. 48-year-old howard kalin owns fun house entertainment. according to the orlando sentinel, a dectd in florida was posing as a boy online and on craigslist and arranged a meeting there. kalin faces up to 10 years in prison. >> aruban investigators may have a new lead nots did appearance of robyn gardner. gary giordno remains jailed as a person of interest in her disappearance. he claims guarder in just simply vanished while the two were snorkeling. the maryland football